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Burberry Inspire


A new global youth empowerment programme, creating opportunities around the world to unlock creativity, elevate young voices and inspire.

In June 2023, Burberry marked the next chapter of The Burberry Foundation’s flagship community programme, Burberry Inspire, by expanding it into a global youth empowerment programme supported by a range of regional partners.  

Our Legacy

Inspired by the altruistic legacy of our founder, Thomas Burberry, we continue to champion our communities by supporting young people and collaborating with organisations to make a positive impact on the world.

As part of this, we have taken part in a number of initiatives, from supporting Marcus Rashford MBE and his work with children’s reading, to launching the first iteration of Burberry Inspire.

Launched in 2018 as the four-year flagship community programme of The Burberry Foundation, Burberry Inspire was the first in-school arts and culture programme of its kind. Founded to support, empower and inspire young people, Burberry Inspire united schools in the United Kingdom and the United States with locally renowned arts and culture organisations with the aim of providing evidence to support the positive effects of creative learning.

The new Burberry Inspire programme builds on the success of this initiative, expanding it to a global programme curated in partnership with local youth-focused organisations.

A New Global Youth Empowerment Programme

Designed in partnership between Burberry Group plc, The Burberry Foundation and global partner, International Youth Foundation (IYF), the expanded Burberry Inspire programme aims to create opportunities for more than 500,000 young people over the next three years to unlock their creativity and drive positive change in their lives and communities.

With a focus on young people aged between 10 and 24, the programme will inspire, equip and elevate their voices by taking a wider and more holistic approach to channelling creativity. Using frameworks defined by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, the programme will not only foster creativity through the visual and performing arts, but also support STEM-related skills and encourage leadership through both personal development and social engagement.

To extend the programme across the globe and ensure the initiative is tailored to each local community, the programme is supported by nine regional partners including CSV Milano, Community Youth Center (CYC) of San Francisco, Girls Inc. of New York City, Girl Scouts of Japan, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Future for Youth Foundation in Korea, New York Edge and a current Burberry Foundation partner, OnSide in the UK. The ninth partner, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, joined in October 2023, expanding the support of Burberry Inspire further throughout Asia.

“Burberry has been guided by the belief that creativity opens spaces since it was founded more than 160 years ago. Today, with the support of The Burberry Foundation and our partners, we are expanding the Burberry Inspire programme to create more opportunities for young people around the world. By developing their skills and broadening their horizons, together we hope to make a positive difference in their lives as well as the lives of those around them.”


Jonathan Akeroyd

Chief Executive Officer at Burberry 

“At the International Youth Foundation (IYF), we believe all young people possess the potential to transform their lives and create positive change in the world. This fundamental belief is also at the heart of the Burberry Inspire programme. Together with local youth-serving organizations around the globe, we’ll equip, support and inspire young people to unlock their creativity, develop their confidence, share their voices with the world, and create the bright future to which they are entitled. If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.”


Susan Reichle

President & CEO of the programme’s principal partner, IYF

  • Girls Inc. of New York City

    Founded in 1998, Girls Inc. of New York City (GINYC) inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, delivering life transforming programs to girls, young women, and gender-expansive youth throughout New York City. The organization serves 10,000 students annually across 150+ middle and high-schools with comprehensive, "whole girl" programming that fits directly into the framework of creative youth development.

    April Caldwell, Chief Programs Officer at GINYC - “Girls Inc. of New York City inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Our research-based, culturally relevant curricula – delivered by trained professionals – equips girls for academic success and prepares them to live healthy and physically active lives. What excites me most about the Burberry Inspire programme is that it will provide opportunities for our girls to create change within their communities. For example, we are creating and designing a conference for nearly 1,000 girls to come together and develop the skills to advocate for themselves and their communities. Through creating, organising and connecting, we believe that they will be able to uplift each other’s voices to create change across New York City.”

  • Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC)

    Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) provides the youth in San Francisco, California a sense of belonging and vital tools and experiences to succeed in life. Founded in 1970, CYC now serves over 8,000 youth each year.

    Sarah Wan, Executive Director at the CYC - “For over 53 years, Community Youth Center of San Francisco has provided the diverse youth of our city with a sense of belonging and the necessary tools and experiences to succeed in life. Now, with the support of the Burberry Inspire programme – which we are thrilled to be a part of – we can broaden our impact and provide vital resources to help our young people discover and unlock their potential in academic achievement, creativity and leadership. The direct effects of this partnership will be seen in the expanded opportunities our youth will have to help others and learn from their peers, to refine their skills and to amplify their voices. Above all, we look forward to witnessing our youth at CYC become more engaged and invested members of their community, inspiring others as they’ve inspired us.”


  • CSV Milano


    Founded in 1997, CSV Milano serves 1,000 youth annually in Milan, Italy. It collaborates with the municipalities throughout the metropolitan city of Milan, schools and universities, and other organizations to promote a culture of volunteering and solidarity.

    Veronica Degan, Project Coordinator at CSV Milano - “At CSV Milano, our role is to promote, support and qualify volunteering in all its forms to support social change and respond to the needs of our communities. We’re so excited to be participating in Burberry Inspire because it will help us provide the tools to improve the creative skills of young people and, in turn, increase their self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and communication – all essential for becoming the adults of tomorrow. We are looking forward to coming together with Burberry, IYF and The Burberry Foundation to build an open window for the community to demonstrate the potential of this generation, which often remains unheard or silent.”

  • Future for Youth Foundation in Korea

    Founded in 2000, the Future for Youth Foundation in Korea (FYF) is a social welfare foundation that specializes in supporting the growth of children and young adults. FYF serves over 200,000 youth annually.

    Doyeon Kim, Assistant Manager at Future for Youth Foundation - “The Burberry Inspire programme will support an initiative that enables all young people to unleash their inherent creativity through science, engineering, maths and the arts, and to grow leaders of tomorrow through activities and experiences that proactively address the many challenges facing our society. Through the experience of working in a team, as part of a programme designed to improve leadership and problem-solving skills based on creativity, teens will develop communication and collaboration skills that are essential for their future.”

  • Heart of Los Angeles

    Founded in 1989, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) currently helps over 3,100 young people overcome barriers through exceptional, free, integrated programs and personalized guidance in a trusted, nurturing environment annually.

    Tony Brown, CEO of Heart of Los Angeles - “We believe young people can achieve anything when given equitable access to the tools for success. Through Burberry Inspire, we’re excited to be able to give young people the access they deserve to high-quality arts programming and creative opportunities in a variety of spaces. There is no end to what we can accomplish when we invest in the creative capacity of our young people. At Heart of Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on helping youth to find inventive solutions for today’s problems, so that we can have a brighter future tomorrow.”

  • Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

    Established in 1993, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25. Each year, HKYAF reaches over 800,000 people through its projects, exhibitions and performances.

    Wendy Tsang, Director at Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation - “We are honoured to take part in this incredible Burberry Inspire programme. Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation is committed to empowering young individuals through the arts, sharing a common mission with Burberry Inspire. We believe that all young people, regardless of their abilities, have the potential to become valuable talents and drive positive change within their communities.”

  • New York Edge

    Founded in 1992, New York Edge is the largest provider of after-school programming in the city of New York, serving 30,000 students across all five boroughs in New York City and Long Island, in the United States.

    Rachel Gazdick, CEO of New York Edge - “What excites me about the Burberry Inspire programme is the opportunity that it brings to our children. Our kids are passionate, and they need the tools and equipment, as well as the teachers and resources, to really ignite their creativity and find out what they are good at. This type of partnership allows our students to spark their intellectual curiosity and be guided through how they can imagine themselves in the future. The impact is tremendous, not just on our students, but on their families, their communities and the next generation.”

  • OnSide

    OnSide is a national charity that believes all young people should have the opportunity to discover their passion and their purpose. They fund and build state-of-the-art, multimillion-pound Youth Zones in the country’s most economically disadvantaged areas. Each year, 50,000 young people are supported by Youth Zones.

    Jamie Masraff, CEO at OnSide - “Partnering with Burberry for this programme is exciting for us at OnSide and even more so for the young people we work with across our Youth Zone Network. Our Youth Zones support young people in some of the most deprived areas of the UK by providing them with opportunities they otherwise would not have had – and that is exactly what Burberry Inspire is all about. We know that talent is evenly distributed across the UK, but opportunity is not. By engaging with the activities and support we will be able to offer, thanks to Burberry, young people will be able to increase their confidence and develop creative skills that will hugely benefit them throughout their lives.”

  • The Girl Scouts of Japan

    The Girl Scouts of Japan (GSJ) has been a leader in positive youth development in Japan for 100 years, with a focus on girls and young women. Founded in 1920, GSJ serves over 30,000 girls and women annually with the mission of enabling girls and young women to think and to work on their own for happiness and peace as responsible citizens.

    Nanae Aida, National Commissioner of Girl Scouts of Japan - “We are very pleased to be a part of the Burberry Inspire programme and look forward to increasing opportunities for our young people to develop their creativity. Girl Scouts has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide for over 100 years and has always placed value on utilising practical skills to empower and create global citizens. Through the programme, we will be enabled to enhance and expand our efforts, offering our Girl Scouts the opportunity to channel creativity into their learning experiences and into action to make a better world.”

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